We had the good fortune of connecting with Leek and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Leek, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
There are so many things I could say, and so many people I could think, but if I had to name one thing it would be education. When I say this I don’t mean going out and getting a degree in business, but the idea of just staying open to learning. When I first started learning how to DJ I would watch videos all night, staying up until around 3am on YouTube. I had mentors come to my dorm to teach me things, I sat up under other DJ’s, I just always wanted to learn more. Once I started making money, I had to learn the business side of things. I think that’s the coolest part of it all. When you get to a certain point at being very good at your craft, that you can make it your career. It’s not an easy transition, you make a lot of mistakes, but that’s the best way to learn. I have always been willing to remain a student. Whether it comes to what music to play, or just how to run my business better, I’m never afraid to admit I don’t know something. Once you think you know it all, you begin to limit yourself and your creativity. Never stop learning and never stop adapting. The two most important factors in my case.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t really know what sets me apart from others because I mostly just try to focus on what I’m doing, as the kids would say “staying in my lane.” I just honesty try to be myself in everything that I do. People can read and see through your BS. Whenever I have a gig I try to build a relationship with whoever is hiring me. Wedding couples, bar managers, bartenders, event coordinators, etc. Thats the most important thing to me, is building some sort of relationship, because that’s where the trust comes in. Im most proud of just going on year 10 in my DJ career. I never once in a million years thought I would be here. There have been many accomplishments throughout this past decade, but I truly believe having the perseverance to continue is the most impressive. One of my life mottos is “rewards come from the work.” All the cool stuff along the way is bound to happen, but if would have ever given up then I would have never experienced any of it. It certainly was not easy. I sacrificed a lot of time with friends and family over the years. Picking gigs over my personal life was crushing at times. But I knew I had to do what I had to do. You can’t be upset at people for not seeing your vision, its yours for a reason. In due time I had a feeling that it would all pay off and be worth it and it certainly has been. The lessons I’ve learned along the way are

-You won’t always know what you’re doing and that’s where the magic is created
-Your failures now will save you from making them down the road for when even bigger opportunities arrive
-You still have to have fun with it! Find ways to make your career fun even when it feels like a job. Remember why you fell in love in the first place
-It’s not about me, its about WE. This mindset keeps me grounded and is a subtle reminder that I have been given gifts to bless others with. Take yourself out of the grand scheme sometimes and watch the changes that happen.

I just want the world to know that I’m a fun loving guy who just wants everyone to experience life at some sort of amazing level. Whatever that level is to you, I hope that one day you get to live it. If I’m able to be apart of that through music or business or personal, then that means the world to me.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Welcome to Columbus, Ohio!

I would first just drive them around the city and showcase the little things about the BUS! We have so many dope communities and they all have different things to offer. Beginning of the week would be more chill, just exploring and observing. Its about to be a new year which means I need a new book, so we would go to the book loft for sure. A staple in German village. After that we would hit up South Village Grille. It’s a scratch kitchen and its a cozy little spot ducked off, which allows a great atmosphere to catch up with a friend.

We would have to hit Easton – which is an outdoor shopping area and pick out some dope clothes for the week / weekend. There are tons of places to not only shop but also eat and drink too!

Depending on the time of year we would certainly have to hit a sporting event! I work with the Crew, Clippers, and the Buckeyes so we might even get a little VIP treatment during your visit 🙂

Being an OSU alum myself, we have to make the drive down High St so that they could see The Ohio State University. One of the biggest college campuses in the US. OH-!

Closer to the weekend, we would go to a nice dinner at one of my personal favorites in the city. (Rossi, The Pearl, Marcellas, or The Eagle.) Those are just to name a few, because Columbus has tons of great food spots. No matter if its a Friday or Saturday we would hit up the hottest nightclub in the city, Seesaw, where it’s always busy.

Sunday brunch is religious around here, so to cure the hangovers we would hit either Bodega or The Woodbury.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I would like to thank Julie Jackson for even throwing my name out here for this! If I had to name one person though it would be my dude Kyle Haze. I have had SO much help along the way, but this guy is who really took me under his wing and taught me just about everything I know. He would let me come into the club and just stand behind him and study how he would rock a crowd. Eventually he would let me get on the mic and MC to a packed house and it really gave me the confidence I needed. Outside of DJ’ing he has been like a brother to me. Whether its DJ related or just personal things going on in my life, he has never once judged me, instead just always supported me. There have been so many moments where I would be at a gig and didn’t know how to hook something up, or something was wrong, and he would always answer the phone and save my life. Love that dude to death and owe him all the gratitude.

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